Liam Deacon
I study philosophy. I believe in progressive free thought, secularism, equality and social mobility. (

Entries by Liam Deacon

Merkel's Comments Show a Disregard for the Democratic will of European Citizens and Openly Will be the Destruction of the EU

(14) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 6:40 AM

Before many of us could even catch our breath after Britain nearly tore itself in two, England is at it again, playing roulette with our other closest, hard won political partnership.

Referenda to break with Europe are offered up brazenly as election fodder. Reforming of some sort of our...

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Sheffield SU and NUS Ban on Julie Bindle - An Affront to Free Speech, our Intellectual freedom and an Insult to Students .

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 8:44 AM

Last week Julie Bindle, the feminist and journalist, was due to speak at our Student Union - except - at the last minute the student management team stepped in and banned her on our behalf.

Bindle became well known for an infamous article published in the Guardian...

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A Gap Year Is a Waste of Time, and You Don't Deserve it

(5) Comments | Posted August 24, 2014 | 11:37 AM

Taking a gap year before University was one of the most self-indulgent, unproductive and unoriginal things I've ever done.

After five years having the time of my life with all my mates at school, a further two skiving and spending my EMA on weed followed by a couple of...

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Pedophilia is an Affliction, Child Molestation is a Crime

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2014 | 8:36 AM

Is public hatred of pedophiles driving innocent, afflicted men away from the help they need?

This article is not written in an attempt to influence your moral perception of sex crimes committed against children. They are likely decided and righteous. This is written to assert a simple...

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The Gentrification of Trailer Park Living

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 2:14 PM

Last week it was revealed that 48% of Europe's 18 to 30 year olds are living at home with mum and dad. These are staggering figure; half of us are literally turning into a generation of leaches and losers. But these figures aren't hard to explain. Property prices...

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The Blurry Line Between Flirting and Harassment

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 4:36 PM

In the the last few days several articles have asked the question, what's the difference between flirting and harassment? My favourite response to the question is by Political philosopher Becca Reilly-Cooper at Warwick University, it can be read here.

It's a thoughtful response to a tricky and...

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Facebook Philanthropists

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 10:38 AM

I've had it. I refuse to sponsor one more person to go skydiving, travel across South America collecting pictures of themselves patting wretched children on the head or drive a car across Europe in the name of the environment.

Raising money for, and giving money to, charitable causes are wonderful...

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How 'Atheist' Should Sunday Assemblies Be?

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 1:53 PM

In a recent twitter exchange had between myself, @dimacdonald, @alomshaha, @AlexGabriel and Sanderson Jones, co-founder of Sunday Assembly movement, we discussed the difficult question of just how 'Atheist' Sunday Assemblies should be?

As MacConald points out, "it's sadly true that Sunday Assembly...

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Zzyz, facebook body builders, and what they could learn from... feminists

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2014 | 3:45 PM

Do you even lift bro?

Over a period of just four years the alter ego of Aziz Shavershina, Zyzz, rose to "personify a way of life," as he put it himself. He was probably the most famous figure in the world of amateur, Internet bodybuilding and the poster boy of...

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Critiquing Islam or Islamophobia?

(11) Comments | Posted March 16, 2014 | 9:27 AM

For nine years in a row a controversial resolution on, "Combating Defamation of Religions," described by some as an, "international blasphemy law," has been consistently losing support in the United Nations General Assembly. Until 2010, the only religion mentioned in the legislation was Islam, when the authors of the legislation,...

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The Ugandan Gay Rights Crisis and the Hypocrisy of the West

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2014 | 9:14 AM

The recent bill persecuting gay people in Uganda is caused by imperialistic Western Christian fundamentalists.

Watching Uganda's president chuckle as he signed into law a bill that meant life imprisonment for homosexuality and not reporting gay family members a criminal offence was chilling. Many western observers shared an intuition that...

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The Death of Student Activism and The Rise of Lad Culture and Political Apathy in Universities

(17) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 7:00 AM

What ever happened to the heroes?

Student activism was once a force to be reckoned with. It changed the world, visibly and profoundly. It was the catalysts that lead to the end of the Vietnam War, it pressured governments to finally stop supporting apartheid and it forced the world...

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Headphone 'Hype'

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 6:59 AM

Many of you may have noticed the unbounded rise in under 25s cat-walking their way across Britain's high streets, colleges and public transport in large, salient and often flamboyant headphones. Personally, I think some of them look garish almost comical. But I'm not completely anti people utilising such devices so...

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The Maajid Nawaz Controversy - Rights, Democracy and Cartoons

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 2:38 PM

A couple of weeks ago journalists and politicians attempted to have a serious debate over a comic strip. Much ammunition was spent in the ensuing media trial of Maajid Nawaz who provoked the petition that prompted the debate. But frustratingly little of that discussion touched upon the motivating tension behind...

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